Joseph Knowles was born in Santa Barbara, the son of two artists. He received BA and B Architecture degrees from Stanford University, with minors in art and engineering. After college, he pursued a career in architecture, working for many years with the well-known Santa Barbara architect, Lutah Maria Riggs, F.A.I.A. In the late 1960s, he entered the US Army and served in Vietnam. His art has been represented in one-person and group shows in Santa Barbara as well as in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The major part of Mr. Knowles work has been on paper, in pastel, oil, watercolor and ink. As an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, he has focused in recent years on work which also relates to his Indian heritage, including the extensive “Bison Series” of iconic buffalo images. Mr. Knowles lives on a small horse ranch and vineyard in Santa Ynez with his wife, Penny Knowles, who is the Executive Director of the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos.
Lisa Knowles is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has spent the last 15 years as a multidisciplinary designer working in graphic design, illustration, ceramics, furniture, home accessories and textiles. While her work often is finished on the computer, her love of drawing and traditional techniques mean her work is deeply rooted in the hand-made. She loves ink on paper and the juxtaposition of raw and gestural with the sharpness of Bezier curves. Her passions lately include hyper-saturated pigments, bold geometric shapes and large scale canvases.
Arthur Krakower’s paintings are profoundly emotive narrations that harken back to distant memories of childhood and loss. His images are both childlike and cathartic in their bold colors, articulated smudges, playful scribbles and brush strokes - often detailing flowers and nature.
Cat Lisle lives in Gainesville, Florida, and received her BFA from the University of Florida. After graduating, she founded the Artitorium, a cooperatively run community art center. In 1990, she moved to San Francisco and worked in art and design for clients that work in the film industry and for the United Nations. After returning to Florida, she opened a nifty-thrifty art-and-vintage shop and spends her time making endlessly funky art objects - sometimes they're dolls.